I was thinking about a few things the other day. The one thing that really stuck in my mind was how hard I am on myself and the people around me. I am not sure I have done this to anyone and if I have I would like to apologize. I know I hold myself to a high standard in the things I do. Consequently I hold others up to the same standards. I think I sometimes irrationally make too rigid of a picture in my mind and anything outside of that is not good enough. I appreciate all the efforts of all my fellow Brothers, big and small (not the Brothers, the efforts). Everyone has thier talents and we can only give of what we have. That is one of the things I remember from the Men of Malvern retreat I was on this past weekend. One of the comments I get a lot from Brother Knights is that they will try to make a meeting someday, but this and that conflicts, etc… I am not sure my responses really convey how I feel. If you never make any meetings that is fine with me. If you never make any of our events, thats is also fine with me. Just pay your dues! Just kidding, that was my attempt at a joke. But seriously, do not feel bad if you cannot make a meeting. Thats why we send out emails about stuff. I do not think there is something that has gone on that has not been communicated via email. Sure you are missing out on the Good of the Order after the meeting, but do not feel that you have to make every meeting. Yes I would love our meeting attendance to go up, but I do not want Brothers to join to simply attend meetings. You get out of the Knights what you put in. I understand that what you put in is different than what I can put in, or someone else can. So if I have ever come across as upset that someone is not at a meeting, please accept my sincere apologies.
Regarding the Men of Malvern retreat, it was a wonderful experience that I highly recommend everyone to attend. In this life we have many things that can distract us from our relationship with God. Even our church can sometimes do that. Yes there are many important things in life. But there is nothing more important than your relationship with God. Sometimes we need to step away from things, from our routine and spend some quality time with our Lord and Saviour. We spend quality time with our kids, with our spouses, why not with our creator. I will not go on and on about the retreat. You need to go and figure it out for yourself. It really is a different experience for each man.
The Grand Knight